Final Score: St. Bonaventure 81, Charlotte 62
Location: Bob Lanier Court at the Reilly Center
Records: St. Bonaventure 24-10 | Charlotte 15-16
The Short Story: St. Bonaventure used a dominant performance in the second half and recorded an 81-62 win over Charlotte on Friday night in the first round of the WNIT at the Reilly Center.
The Bonnies advance to play Bowling Green in the second round on Monday night at Bowling Green.
After trailing 26-25 at halftime, the Bonnies outscored the 49ers 56-36 in the second half. A 10-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Chelsea Bowker with 4:52 remaining gave St. Bonaventure a 64-50 lead.
Sophomore forward Katie Healy set a school record for points in a postseason game with a career high 28 points. Healy was 11-15 from the field and 6-7 at the free throw line. She also grabbed 12 rebounds. Fellow sophomore forward Hannah Little scored 20 points and her 15 rebounds were also a St. Bonaventure postseason record.
St. Bonaventure Starters: #33 G Emily Michael, #21 G Nyla Rueter, #24 F Chelsea Bowker, #42 F Katie Healy, #11 F Hannah Little
How It Happened:
- The Bonnies got off to a quick start, jumping out to a 9-4 lead at the 14:10 mark.
- SBU went on a 9-0 run with buckets from Hannah Little, Imani Outlaw and Katie Healy, and a three-pointer from Nyla Rueter to increase their lead to 16-4 at the 12:29 mark.
- Charlotte answered with a 10-1 run to pull within 17-14 with 7:40 left in the first.
- Katie Healy scored on consecutive possessions with around six minutes to go to give the Bonnies their first field goals after a drought of 6:20 with just one point.
- Charlotte answered again, going on an 8-2 run close to 23-22 with 3:02 remaining until the break.
- Charlotte wound up closing the half on a 12-4 run. Ny Hammons scored six straight points for the 49ers, including a jump shot from the free throw line as the clock expired to give Charlotte a 26-25 lead at the break, their first of the game.
- Hammons had 10 first half points for the 49ers.
- Healy finished the half with 11 points and eight rebounds, going a perfect 5-5 from the field.
- Charlotte led by a point when Imani Outlaw assisted Little on two straight fast-break baskets to give St. Bonaventure a 33-30 lead at the 16:19 mark.
- Charlotte's Emily Sigmond answered on the next possession with a three pointer to tie up the score at 33.
- The Bonnies then jumped out on a pivotal 9-1 run, with seven of those points coming from Katie Healy, to open a 42-34 lead at the 12:28 mark.
- The teams traded buckets before Chelsea Bowker hit three-pointers on consecutive possessions to make it a 52-44 game with eight minutes remaining.
- Hammons would answer to make it 52-46.
- Emily Michael converted on a conventional three-point play to stretch the lead to 59-50 with six minutes remaining.
- Healy scored on a fast-break layup off a Nyla Rueter feed that led to a Charlotte timeout to make it 61-50 at the 5:30 mark.
- Bowker capped the 10-2 run with another three pointer to make it 64-50, which was the Bonnies' biggest lead of the game to that point.
- Hammons ended an almost four minute Charlotte field goal drought, bringing the game to 68-54.
- Two free throws at the 2:20 mark gave Healy 28 points, which is both a new career high and the most anyone has ever scored in a postseason tournament game for Bona's.
- Little made two free throws on the next possession to extend the lead to 20 points at 76-56.
- St. Bonaventure's largest lead of the night was 21 points at 81-60 with 51 seconds left.
- After totaling four points, three rebounds and five turnovers in the first half, Little responded with an outstanding second half of 16 points, 12 rebounds and just one turnover.
- Bowker, the only scholarship player the Bonnies will lose to graduation, checked out at the 1:47 mark to a standing ovation from the crowd of 1,680.
Beyond the Box Score:
• A Reilly Center season-high 1,680 fans attended Friday night's game.
• The Bonnies improved their home record this season to 13-1.
• Following the win, St. Bonaventure is now 7-4 all-time in postseason games.
• The Bonnies scored over 80 points for the second time this season in their second-highest scoring output of the 2013-14 campaign.
• With Friday night's win, St. Bonaventure evened the series against Charlotte, 5-5, with a 4-2 record in meetings at the Reilly Center.
• After winning tonight's game, the Bonnies have now won at least one postseason game in their five postseason appearances over the past six seasons.
• St. Bonaventure now has won at least one game in each of its four WNIT appearances and now has a 4-0 home record in first round WNIT games.
• After scoring 12 points Friday night, Chelsea Bowker now needs 14 points to become the 20th player in program history to score at least 1,000 points.
• With 15 rebounds Friday night, Little added to her St. Bonaventure single-season rebounding record and became the first player to grab at least 300 boards in a season; she now has 310.
• Healy moved past Dana Mitchell for fifth place on St. Bonaventure's single-season scoring list, now with 557 points this season.
• In Friday's contest, Little and Healy recorded the two best individual rebounding performances by Bonnies players in postseason play with 15 rebounds and 12 rebounds respectively.
• Little and Emily Michael tied Megan Van Tatenhove for the most free throws made in a postseason game with each making eight baskets from the charity stripe.
• Along with setting a St. Bonaventure women's basketball record for points scored by a player in a postseason game, Healy tied Dana Mitchell's record for the most field goals made by a player in a postseason game (11).
• Healy and Little joined Erica Schiefen as the only St. Bonaventure players to record three blocks in a postseason game.
• St. Bonaventure is now 23-6 this season when two or more players score in double figures.
• The Bonnies improved to 20-1 in games in which they outrebound their opponent.
Quotes From St. Bonaventure Coach Jim Crowley:
On his team's second half performance:
"I was really proud of our energy in the second half. I certainly think the crowd had something to do with that. We talked at halftime about letting the crowd energize us. We defended much better in the second half. We took the paint away. Once we got stops, we were able to get our energy going. We talked before the game about reactions and not getting down if you miss a shot. We've had to show a lot of competitiveness."
On his team's transition game:
"They've been very disciplined with execution. As they've gotten to know each other, they have the ability to go into transition that way. We just don't have great depth, so we have to make sure that our wind is in the right place to push the ball like that. It was good see us execute it and get stops so that we could."
On the Bonnies' WNIT second round opponent, Bowling Green:
"Winning that game is going to be a heck of a challenge. They're undefeated at the home and have won a whole bunch of games. They have two people on their staff who know us really well. For us to continue our growth, we've got to play better on the road. We've got to understand it's not about where we play, it's about how we play. From a coach's perspective, it's good to have an away game and us to have that challenge, especially against a team who's really good at home."
Katie Healy on her team's effort:
"Everyone did their part. Nyla made shots. Emily controlled the tempo. Hannah went to the glass. Chelsea knocked down shots. I made my first couple shots, so I had the confidence to shoot the ball."
Up Next: The Bonnies will travel to face the Bowling Green Falcons in the second round of the WNIT on Monday, March 24 at the Stroh Center. Game time will be 7 p.m.